Best thing to ever happen to TNA? Hogan!
Hear me out. (Blog length but I like the forum folks better)
Twelve months ago if I were to ask you how could you improve, fix, and send TNA on the right track what would you say? What about eighteen or twenty-four months ago? Like me, you would probably rattle off a laundry list of ideas and concepts that would get TNA out there and help build their awareness, their brand, and their overall product. As we sit here today, how many things has Hogan now crossed off that list?
Get Impact Live [check]
Get Impact out of the Impact Zone [check]
Build up PPVs; make them more meaningful [check]
Get young talent [gut...check] (disgusting pun, sorry)
Improve their international appeal [check]
Get rid of Russo [check]
Showcase "TNA Originals" [check] *
Improve production [check]
Rebuild the divisions [in progress]
When did all of this happen? Under Hogan. Why did all of this happen? Because Hogan pushed Dixie.
Obviously, TNA still has its high peaks and low valleys when it comes to creative and I'm not saying every Hogan decision is a good one. I want the six-sided ring back and I want Lockdown to be all steel cage but sometimes we need to take the bad with the good. Though it maybe hard to swallow Hogan has done a lot of good for TNA. Can we honestly sit here and say that Hogan is ruining TNA when he answered much of our criticism of the past? Just a thought...
* I know what you are going to say: "What about the Aces & Eights and Jeff Hardy?" First, Roode, Storm, and Aries held that belt for about a year combined with barely any "ex-WWE" talen in the picture. Not to mention, guys like Angle, Anderson, and even Hardy have enough TNA history to no longer be ex-WWE guys but TNA talent. Plus, a bunch of ex-WWE guys in a heel faction will be eventually putting over Team TNA.